American Airlines and British Airways will invest $344 million over the next three years to revamp its terminal at John F. Kennedy Airport, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday. The project includes expanding and improving the customer experience at Terminal 8, where British Airways will move to from its current location in Terminal 7. The project falls under Cuomo’s $13 billion plan to overhaul JFK announced last October. The Port Authority is not contributing funds to the Terminal 8 project; 90 percent of the governor’s JFK plan will be privately funded.
Cuomo said the project will help turn JFK into a state-of-the-art airport. “Today, that transformation is well underway, with an extraordinary private investment that will turn JFK into a truly modern airport,” the governor said in a statement. “This new investment is part and parcel with the State’s broader efforts to modernize airports all across New York.”
The project aims to improve overall customer experience by increasing the size of the airlines’ terminal, to allow for more service between London and New York. According to the governor, the addition of larger gates will be able to accommodate more flights, with passengers having the option of 14 daily flights to London from Terminal 8.
About 70,400 square feet of space, with 33,000 square feet of public space, will be added to Terminal 8. The existing 57,500 square feet will be upgraded with improved baggage systems, premium check-in space, and better food and drink.
In addition to constructing two new international terminals, Cuomo’s $13 billion plan includes bringing iconic New York City landmarks into the waiting areas with an indoor park and food hall. As 6sqft reported, new attractions involve interior green space called “Central Park at JFK,” a food hall modeled after Chelsea Market, an elevated walkway called “The High Line,” and artwork and exhibits of NYC monuments.
The two new terminals will anchor the north and south sides of JFK. Four international airlines (Lufthansa, Air France, Japan Airlines, and Korean Airlines) will develop the $7 billion terminal on the south side. On the north side, Jet Blue is redeveloping a $3 billion terminal and will demolish Terminal 7 and combine it with former Terminal 6, making way for 12 international gates.
Construction of the new terminals is expected to begin in 2020, with the first new gates opening in 2023.
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All renderings courtesy of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office